PhD_Thesis_Summary._Population_and_Topog

PhD_Thesis_Summary._Population_and_Topog - Branimir Brgles...

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Branimir Brgles Population and Topography of Susedgrad-Stubica Manor (1450 1700) (PhD Thesis Summary, Zagreb, 2015) 1 SUMMARY While researching the historical toponymy, anthroponomy and topography of late medieval and early modern Zagreb County, I became especially interested in the late-feudal Susedgrad-Stubica manor. After I began reviewing the available primary historical sources, in the State Archives and the Archives of the Archdiocese in Zagreb, I uncovered a significant amount of serial historical sources which suit the spatial and temporal confines of the research. These documents, foremost 15th and 16th century church tithe records and manorial urbaria (lists of serfs and their obligations, wine tithe lists etc.) and 17th century church parish records of marriages, baptisms and deaths are not only appropriate for the traditional historical research of historical demographics, economic and social history, but also for the detailed study of core features of early modern rural, agrarian society, regional environmental history and microhistory. Quantitative data, which was acquired through the process of transcription of significant and voluminous historical sources, is suitable for gathering data on late feudal landholdings and their agricultural production, demographical trends… The analysis of transcribed data also reveals great deal of qualitative data. This data is crucial for the study of historical environment, topography, prosopography, onomastics and historical anthropology. Also, this data enables a view from the village , and an insight into the history of everyday life . Very large lumps of data, transcribed from individual documents, such as church tithe registries, manorial urbaria and other pre-statistical historical sources, needed to be handled with specific research tools and analyzed with considerable knowledge of quantitative historical methodology. In conclusion of this summary introduction, it must be mentioned that at the center of focus of this research is the historical population of late medieval and early modern Susedgrad-Stubica manor (second by size and first by production of wine in the 16th century Croatian-Slavonian Kingdom), as well as the relationship between the researched population and its historical environment. In that regard, the research strives to uncover nexus, or causal relationship, between the historical process and the defining features of a fixed geographical space. It also strives to answer questions such as how do historical communities create their space and how do they change it? What is the role of environment in history?
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Branimir Brgles Population and Topography of Susedgrad-Stubica Manor (1450 1700) (PhD Thesis Summary, Zagreb, 2015) 2 The introduction of the doctoral thesis begins with a detailed description of main research goals. It contains a description of archival records that were consulted. It continues with a detailed description of transcribed historical documents and the data- base that was constructed for the purpose of the research. Correspondingly, the
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